Modeling Wind-Hydrogen System and Analyzing Curtailment

Nick Riccobono, Christopher Bay, Elenya Grant, Cameron Irmas, Genevieve Starke, Jared Thomas, Zachary Tully

Research output: NRELPresentation


Low-cost green hydrogen can be achieved by integrating utility-scale wind farms to an electrolyzer. The power produced by a wind farm depends on spatial and temporal changes in the wind, and this variability can affect the electrolyzer's performance. This study examines the trade-offs between two electrolyzer configurations: a large centralized electrolyzer connected to the wind farm versus several smaller distributed electrolyzers connected directly to each wind turbine. The results show that a centralized configuration generates more hydrogen because turbines that are waked and produce less power are compensated but other un-waked turbines.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA)/WindTech 2023 Conference, 30 October - 1 November 2023, Denver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-87539


  • electrolyzer
  • hybrid
  • hydrogen
  • wind


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